Jun 17 2021
Dear Matthew Butterick,
you wrote on your blog that I had bullied you. Allow me to respond:
I am truly sorry.
After talking to two team members who recalled our staff meeting at the 2018 Racket Summer School better than I did, I think I can put myself into your shoes now.
That day, the presentations hadn’t gone the way I thought they should have. We
got together for our assessment meeting. I think of everyone in the room as an
equal in such settings, and I expect them to see themselves this way. I clearly
forget that I am the oldest and most experienced—
Let me add that I am grateful that you wrote in the spirit of “I am still using Racket, and I don’t want anyone to think otherwise.” It must have been difficult to weave these two thoughts together. So, thank you.
Finally, as you surely recall, I encouraged you throughout 2019, in person and in email, to join the Racket leadership; I even proposed you could replace me. I always thought that your experience and your outside view would seriously improve our work. I still think so.